As Cyber Safety Manager at Telstra, Shelly Gorr practises what she preaches and ‘lives’ her advice every day. Here, she shares her personal and professional suggestions on balancing screen time for toddlers and pre-schoolers.
My 4-year-old is like a moth to a flame with a screen. Always has been. Turn one on and my [...]
In the lead-up to Privacy Awareness Week 2013, Australian Privacy Commissioner Timothy Pilgrim shares his advice for safeguarding your digital identity.
The last five years has seen an explosion in the use of social networking sites. Add to that the popularity of smart phones, and you have a whole new world of communication. As always, [...]
How does the Cybersmart program stay up-to-date with the way children and young people use technology? This is an landscape that is changing at the speed of light, and it’s critical to know what the current issues really are, who they’re most important to, and how they might successfully be addressed within the educational framework [...]
Most of us teenagers with internet access use social networking accounts such as Facebook. There is a high chance that you, our parents, will also create an account because you want to keep an eye on our online activity. You might think that unless we’re hiding something, it won’t be a problem…but some [...]
Nadezna Wilkins is a Cybersmart trainer. In March, she travelled to Singapore at the invitation of the Avondale Grammar School to deliver cybersafety awareness training to students, staff and parents.
A working week for me usually involves travelling to different parts of Australia talking to students, teachers and parents about keeping [...]
We’d all like to think that when our children have problems, they can talk about it openly with a trusted adult – but for some kids, it can be easier to talk anonymously about things that worry them. Kids Helpline is there to help, offering 24 hour-a-day, seven day-a-week phone counselling to anyone from [...]
People who are bullied as children or teenagers (‘targets’) experience increased rates of depression and anxiety in adulthood, while people who bully have increased rates of anti-social and criminal behaviour. The worst [...]
Is there such a thing as internet addiction? Can excessive use of technology cause lasting damage? What should parents look out for? In this special three-part series, child and adolescent psychiatrist Dr Philip Tam offers some insight and advice.
Problematic internet use (sometimes referred to as ‘internet addiction’) is an emerging and complex psychological disorder [...]
Today, Safer Internet Day is being celebrated around the world, and thousands of Australian students are taking part in school-based activities designed to help them ‘connect with respect’. This afternoon, the ABC’s James O’Loghlin hosts our first ever internet radio broadcast, featuring a wide range of panel discussions and interviews.
The Safer Internet Day theme for 2013, ‘Online Rights and Responsibilities’ reminds us that everyone – including parents, schools and libraries – has an opportunity to lead the community in the safe and responsible use of technology by setting the standard for best practice online behaviour.
Cyberspace brings with it risks to privacy, security [...]